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Apple refutes EU USB-C claims, could increase e-waste instead

Apple refutes EU USB-C claims, could increase e-waste instead

The European Union has long been trying to standardize the chargers and connectors use in smartphones, particularly to fight the increasing amount of chargers and accessories wasted because of incompatible technologies. Now it seems to be on the verge of formally drafting rules that would force Apple to ditch its proprietary Lightning connector in favor of USB-C. Unsurprisingly, the company is pushing back, claiming that the effects of such a regulation would actually result in the very situation that the EU is trying to avoid.

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Europe’s war on chargers could give Apple an iPhone problem – or an opportunity

Europe’s war on chargers could give Apple an iPhone problem – or an opportunity

European rules demanding a universal charger could force Apple to ditch its Lightning cable - or hasten its transition to an entirely wireless world for the iPhone that many believe has been the Cupertino firm's goal all along. Proposed laws being considered by the European Union would compel all electronics-makers to standardize on a single connector, in the name of avoiding unnecessary waste.

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YubiKey 5Ci is the first security key with Lightning and USB-C

YubiKey 5Ci is the first security key with Lightning and USB-C

Yubico has unveiled its new YubiKey 5Ci, a product it claims is the first-ever security key to feature both Lightning and USB-C connectors. The device is aimed at simplifying the use of security keys by enabling consumers to carry around a single dongle that supports all of their devices -- in this case, an iPhone, for example, alongside a tablet or laptop that features USB-C.

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Modified iPhone lightning cables give hackers wireless access to Macs

Modified iPhone lightning cables give hackers wireless access to Macs

Apple has always discouraged the use of third-party accessories, especially those that have not been certified for its devices. Its argument has always been on the safety of devices, especially lightning cables that charge iPhones and carry data to and from the mobile device. Now it might have yet another reason to discourage such accessories as a hacker just proved how relatively easy it is to modify a Lightning cable to turn it into a tool for remotely hacking Macs.

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Target recalls 90,000 Lightning cables over fire and shock risk

Target recalls 90,000 Lightning cables over fire and shock risk

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has disclosed a new product recall involving one type of Heyday-branded Lightning cables that was sold by retailer Target. Around 90,000 of these cables are covered by the recall, which cites reports of sparking, fires, heating, and smoking from more than a dozen cable owners. Not all Heyday Lightning cables are covered by the recall, however.

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2019 iPhones reportedly dash our USB-C hopes and dreams

2019 iPhones reportedly dash our USB-C hopes and dreams

For years now, Apple has relied on its proprietary Lightning connector for iPhone and iPad charging, but when the company started shipping modern MacBooks that support USB-C, that led to a lot of speculation that Apple's mobile devices were next. In the case of the iPad, that turned out to be true, as the latest iPad Pro features charging and over USB-C. That leaves the iPhone as the next in line for a USB-C makeover, but a new report suggests that such a change won't be coming anytime soon.

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V-MODA SpeakEasy Lightning cable has integrated amp and DAC

V-MODA SpeakEasy Lightning cable has integrated amp and DAC

V-MODA has launched its new SpeakEasy DAC/AMP Lightning cable, a cord featuring a built-in amplifier and digital-to-analog converter technology, offering users access to top tier audio quality over a wired connection. Apple notoriously removed the iPhone headphone jack in the relatively recent past, leaving users with Bluetooth or a Lightning audio cable as their only options.

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Mophie’s new portable battery can be charged with a Lightning cable

Mophie’s new portable battery can be charged with a Lightning cable

Mophie has launched its new Powerstation with Lightning Connector, a 5050mAh external battery featuring both USB-A ports and Apple's Lightning port. With this, Apple users can charge the battery using the same Lightning cable they use with their iPhone, iPad, and AirPods. The Powerstation itself can be used to recharge any USB device, including USB headphones, any smartphone, and more.

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New iPad Pro 2018 official with USB-C, Face ID, flat sides

New iPad Pro 2018 official with USB-C, Face ID, flat sides

Today Apple revealed a newly redesigned iPad Pro for 2018 with no home button and USB-C on its bottom. The Apple Pencil magnetically sticks to its side, and there's a giant camera on its back. This iPad Pro comes with some rather interesting sharper edges than previous iPads, and it's got an LCD up front that covers more of the front side than any iPad before - there's still a bezel, but it's smaller than it's been in the past.

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EU wants to crack down of phone chargers, Lightning in danger

EU wants to crack down of phone chargers, Lightning in danger

The European Union seems ready to flex its muscles to steer the mobile market ship, perhaps emboldened by its successful case against Google and Android. This time, it’s turning its sights on something it already thought was a closed case years ago: mobile phone chargers. Despite the growing use of the USB-C standard on smartphones, the EU thinks that the adoption is not only slow but also not enough. And considering that Apple remains the only one with a proprietary connector, its Lightning technology stands to lose the most.

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These new Mophie batteries charge with your iPhone’s cable

These new Mophie batteries charge with your iPhone’s cable

Mophie has a new range of Powerstation external batteries that can recharge via Apple Lightning, cutting down the number of power adapters iPhone users need to carry. Four new Mophie Powerstations are being launched today, with batteries running the gamut from 20 hours more runtime for your iPhone X, though to more than 18 hours for a thirsty iPad.

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Belkin Boost Charge 10K power bank recharges with Lightning cable

Belkin Boost Charge 10K power bank recharges with Lightning cable

Belkin has launched a new power bank that charges using a Lightning, rather than USB, port. The device is marketed directly at iPhone and iPad owners who likely already carry a Lightning cable around but don't want to add a USB cable into the mix. According to Belkin, this is the first power bank of its kind to recharge with the Lightning connector.

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